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How to wean away little kids from playing with smartphones?

Date: 25 Jan 2016   Posted By: Mala Jaiswar     Group: Family & Life    Category: Parenting   

I have noted that my 3 year old daughter loves to play with my smartphone all the time. She spends her time playing games, watching cartoons on you tube, listening to music etc. Unfortunately her all other toys do not interest her that much. When I grab my smartphone away from her she cries out loud and I have to give it back to her.

But is so much addiction to smartphones for little kids a good idea? What can I do to break her habit? Should little kids be allowed to play with smartphones?

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Author: K Mohan    25 Jan 2016      Member Level: Platinum     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

I am totally against the parents succumbing to the wants of small children and giving them the smart phones at the tiny age. Please note that the rays coming out of smart phones are not good for the small children and they have the habit of watching the videos or playing the games from close range. Sooner they shall complain about eye problem or visibility. More over smart phones make them lazy as they wont attend the home works or go out for the play. They may even shun the parents and also their friends. Smart phone addiction must be stopped. For that parents must desist from using the phones in front of the children. If at all they want to talk to their friends or relatives, let them use the land line. If this kind of alternative method is not followed, then surely the child is going to get the eye sight problem in near future.

Author: Kailash Kumar    25 Jan 2016      Member Level: Platinum     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

Though I don't know the full details, but nowadays a number of electronic educational gadgets are available in the market which enables the kids to learn besides playing. Such gadgets look like smart phones only visually and operations wise. In case such toy educational gadgets are made available to the kids, then they will never snatch parents smart phones.

Author: Vandana    26 Jan 2016      Member Level: Platinum     Points : 10  (Rs 10)    Voting Score: 0

You need to be firm as ultimately the onus lies on you. Do not give your child a smartphone even if she cries and screams. I would suggest that you just not make it visible in her presence and not use it needlessly. Do you really need it to be switched on 24x7? Just keep it away. We have had lives without it haven't we? Encourage people - relatives, friends - to call on the landline. Not seeing something will not make her want it. It may not be that simple, of course, but try it.

Secondly, buy simple board games for her, something which is colourful with images and words both. It will develop her vocabulary while she has fun. You can check out games that can be played alone or with 2-3 kids. You can spend quality time too with her! She will automatically develop an interest in her toys and board games if you encourage her with appreciative words, like "That's good, you learned something new" or "What a lovely toy so-and-so gave you. Why is it hiding in the box? Let's get it out for some fresh air."

Thirdly, come up with some creative, fun things to do. Take old newspapers, teach her to cut out shapes (use child-friendly scissors that are not sharp), give her blank sheets of paper and compete with her as to who can draw something faster and with the most colours, read good old fairy tale stories to her, etc.

Please read this article which was published last year and which I remembered vividly on seeing this thread:

Author: RAJAN    26 Jan 2016      Member Level: Silver     Points : 1  (Rs 1)    Voting Score: 0

Giving smartphones to children is a very bad behaviour. It is too dangerous for their mentality. Children need toys for developing actions and emotions in brain. While using smartphone our brain will not do other things. So high concentration cause eye problems to children. The children will not become active when addicted to smartphones. Their personality also changes. Over use of any devices cause only damage. Childrens need to play toys or other physical games to improve natural life style and for better health.

Author: Partha Kansabanik    26 Jan 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

Smartphone is an addiction not only for children, but also for adults. My suggestions in respect of the query are:-
(a) The adults must not use the cell phone in presence of the little girl.
(b) The particular smartphone may be kept at silent mode in some other place. If the child demands it, she should be told that it has been sent for repair.
(c) If the child doesn't use cellphone for 2-3 days, her attachment with the cellphone will automatically decrease.
(d) Give her some attractive alternative like a tape recorder with her own voice, books with lots of pictures, etc.
(e) Tell her some stories regularly to divert her attention from the cellphone.
(f) In short, make her life more attractive without cellphone.

Author: Mahesh    26 Jan 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

Most of the parents are struggling with the addiction of devices themselves. So it is obvious that such addiction leads to kids going through the same. I suggest you to set some specific time in which you can give them the access for the device. And avoid giving them access to TV or any internet media any other time. Pay attention to their mood swings when they are not accessing the devices. I personally think that if you set the small habits to change this then slowly they can be made aware of that.

Author: Muhammad Haris    27 Jan 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

Offering cell phones to kids is a terrible conduct. It is excessively unsafe for their attitude. Kids should use toys for creating activities and feelings in mind. Continuously using mobile phone can cause weakness of eye-side. Children cant be so creative when they will use mobile instead of using toys. Toys teaches them a lot of things. Over utilization of any gadgets cause just harm. Kids need to play toys or other physical amusements to enhance regular way of life and for better well being.
There are some suggestion,
1. Purchase an indoor game like any board game, something which has some good photos of cartoon or anything which attracts them.
2. Tell them a few stories which divert their consideration from the cellphone.
3. Do let them know about the bad effects of mobile on their health.

Author: Biniljames    28 Jan 2016      Member Level: Silver     Points : 1  (Rs 1)    Voting Score: 0

Giving smart phone to small children is not a good purpose. It will make them addict for it. While taking the case of students, one of the main item which affects their studies are use of these type of smart phones. Radiations emitted from newly launched smart phones and its aftereffects are beyond we thinking. So don't give smart phones to small children. You are a father. You have the right to say no, when your child asking for phone. If he cries, then think it is better for his future.

Author: T.Krishnamoorthy    28 Jan 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

It is we who develop certain habit among the children. In the initial stage we feel much happy in giving phone to the child but as the child grows up the same thing becomes a habit. So, blame yourself for developing undesirable qualities in the child. Ok now
Try to keep the smartphone away from the visibility of the child. Secondly, you can put password to lock the screen. To divert her mind, you can put some different toys in-front of her. She will slowly develop interest to play with the toys and finally she will not demand for the smartphone. In my view, the radiation emanating from the smartphones are much higher. So, it is always better to keep the smartphone away from your child.

Author: [Anonymous]    28 Jan 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 5  (Rs 5)    Voting Score: 0

The very first thing to keep in mind is, you are not suppose to fulfill all the desires of your kid.
They are quite young to understand the good and bad of things they are doing or using.
It is you, who has to make them understand by any way.

You may follow following tips:-
1. Try to play some games with physically. This will definitely be more attractive then playing games on smart phones.

2. If she is actually very much into digital gadgets, manage to arrange some computer based activities which will help her to learn new things. You can manage them from Knowledge adventure. They have a very good collection for kids of all age group.

3. Manage some time to get her out of the house. Allow her to make friends in society of neighbors. She will learn playing with friends.

4. Give her tasks like collect the balls, arrange the bed, clean her rooms, etc. and reward her for her good work.

Such activities helps to divert kid's mind from what they are doing.

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